|Last Week in Review: The Fed announced the end of its massive Bond-buying program. Plus, key reports on housing and the economy.
Forecast for the Week: The labor sector will be front and center, with the Jobs Report for October coming on Friday.
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|“So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu!” Rodgers & Hammerstein, The Sound of Music. Fed Chair Janet Yellen announced that after two years of supporting the economy, the Fed’s latest round of its Bond-buying program (called Quantitative Easing or QE) is over.
Stock markets initially reacted poorly to the midweek news, but rebounded later in the week due to strong corporate earnings reports. Mortgage Bonds have edged lower but remain near 18-month highs. However, market volatility is likely to continue, as Stocks performed terribly after the first and second rounds of the Fed’s Bond-buying program ended. Whether Stocks will do so again is an important story to watch in the coming weeks. If Stocks worsen, Bonds and home loan rates (which are tied to Mortgage Bonds) could benefit.
It’s important to note that the Fed will still be supporting the markets through another Bond program in the coming months, as economic growth in the U.S. is still modest at best. For example, the advanced or first reading of third quarter Gross Domestic Product came in at 3.5 percent. While this was above expectations, a closer look at the report showed weak manufacturing and consumer demand—far from great news overall.
In the housing sector, the August S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city Index showed home prices increased by 5.6 percent on an annual basis. This is down from the 6.7 percent recorded in July, and it was also the slowest pace of price gains in 21 months. Price appreciation continues to reach more normal levels than those seen in 2013.
The bottom line is that home loan rates remain near some of their best levels of the year, and now is a great time to consider a home purchase or refinance. Let me know if I can answer any questions at all for you or your clients.
|There are just a few economic reports ahead, with the highlight being the October Jobs Report
Remember: Weak economic news normally causes money to flow out of Stocks and into Bonds, helping Bonds and home loan rates improve, while strong economic news normally has the opposite result. The chart below shows Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS), which are the type of Bond on which home loan rates are based.
When you see these Bond prices moving higher, it means home loan rates are improving—and when they are moving lower, home loan rates are getting worse.
To go one step further—a red “candle” means that MBS worsened during the day, while a green “candle” means MBS improved during the day. Depending on how dramatic the changes were on any given day, this can cause rate changes throughout the day, as well as on the rate sheets we start with each morning.
As you can see in the chart below, Mortgage Bonds have moved a bit lower but home loan rates remain near 18-month lows.
Chart: Fannie Mae 3.5% Mortgage Bond (Friday October 31, 2014)
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Economic Calendar for the Week of November 3 – November 7